NC committed to restoring rights, identity of J&K: Omar Abdullah
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said that only NC will protect the rights, and unique identity of Jammu and Kashmir and address the issues of its development-starved people.
This he, according to the NC spokesperson, said while addressing a workers’ convention at Bandipora. The convention was organised by In Charge Constituency Nazir Malik.
Speaking on the multifarious battle fought by the party at many levels, Omar said, “The other parties only talk about development. Any government is bound to work on a developmental front. We also talk about development, but at the same time, we also talk about protecting our unique identity. We have repeatedly said that there is no trade-off between development and our rights. Both have to go hand in hand. Our right to live with dignity is as important as our right to have basic facilities. It’s only us who are working on multiple fronts.”
Continuing his address, Omar Abdullah said, “We have also administered the region. We also charged people over the usage of basic utility services like water and electricity but we never made it a burden for consumers. Today people pay hefty taxes but the water and electricity supply is poor. During our tenure, we provided free ration, including 50 kg rice to not just flood victims, but to those living in non-flood areas for six months.”
Warning the public against opportunistic and conspiratorial elements, Omar Abdullah said people need to be wary of them. “In 2019, they made a deal with Jammu and Kashmir and if needed in the future, these elements will not refrain from doing your deal again, because it is their nature and habit. These people prefer personal interests over people’s interests. They just want a bungalow, a car and security for themselves. These are the same people who were walking around openly in 2019 while we were under detention in prisons and were not allowed to go out. These are the people who live in five-star hotels,” he said.
He said that after August 5, 2019, people whose security has been reduced and those who have been increased should be distinguished from the public. “Today, security is not given based on threat, but based on How strong is your relationship with BJP. The more you make friends with BJP, the more security and vehicles you will get. After 2019, those people who see you walking around taking five or six extra vehicles, you should understand who these people are.”
Reiterating the commitment to continue the struggle for the restoration of Article 370, Omar Abdullah said that through the agrarian reforms in Jammu and Kashmir, 80 percent of the people got ownership rights on land because of Article 370. “At the same time, Sheri Kashmir, Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, gave the people the right to free education in schools, colleges and up to the university level at that time when there was no such concept in the country. Due to these features, our enemies could not digest Article 370 and they were plotting to delete it from day one,” he said.
He said that the National Conference was weakened and the enemies’ attack on Article 370 was successful. “This is the reason why we are holding party conventions, working for the strength of the party because we know that the stronger the National Conference is, the more we can fight for the restoration of the rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Therefore, it is important that we work for the strength of the party and thwart the conspiracies of those who are trying to weaken the party from inside or outside,” he said.